MURRAY, Ky. —In tandem with a new course on media law for businesses, Murray State University will present a continuing legal education workshop April 11 that centers on working with trademarks.

The workshop, titled “Trademark Truths: Trading in your Misconceptions” will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. on April 11 at the Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus, with videoconferencing available at the Murray campus, as well as the Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Henderson regional campuses.

Business owners, trademark holders or those working with others’ trademarks, accountants, marketing consultants and the general public are invited to attend. Attorneys in attendance are eligible to apply for a CLE credit.

Paducah-based attorney Julie Tennyson of law firm Marcum Tennyson will lead the workshop. As the world of trademarks becomes increasingly complicated in the digital age, Tennyson will guide participants on how to protect their trademarks while understanding their value and ownership.

The workshop is presented along with a University course titled “Media Law Essentials for Business” taught by Dr. Kevin Qualls, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University. The class focuses on social media policies for businesses and employees, as well as ethical concerns when using social media.

“I am really excited that an educational event of this significance is readily available at any Murray State University regional campus, through instructional television,” Qualls said. “Patent attorney Julie Tennyson is the go-to expert on trademarking. She’s going to outline some self-help strategies businesses can use before they need to hire legal counsel. This event is not only valuable for attorneys seeking CLE credit, but also for business owners, as well as anyone working in the marketing fields or with trademarks in general.”

Tennyson has more than a decade of law experience. Of that, nearly seven years were with a mid-size insurance defense firm. Prior to that, she worked in Atlanta, Georgia, at two different international law firms practicing exclusively patents, trademarks and copyright law. After law school, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell in the Western District of Kentucky. She is a registered patent attorney with experience in trademark, copyrights and trade secrets. She also has experience in probate, corporate and litigation.

Registration is $60; for more information, visit

While Tennyson will present in-person at the Paducah regional campus, participants at other locations will interact with the presenter and other participants via videoconferencing in classrooms. The full list of locations includes:

• Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus: Room 133

• Murray State University Hopkinsville Regional Campus: Room 115

• Madisonville Community College: Room 313D, Beshear Postsecondary Education Center

• Henderson Community College: Room 3, Administration Building

• Murray State University Campus: Room 211, Martha Layne Collins Industry and Technology Center. (visitors must register for a free parking pass at

Photo: In tandem with a new course on media law for businesses, Murray State University will present a continuing legal education workshop April 11 that centers on working with trademarks, taught by Paducah attorney Julie Tennyson.

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